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God's Nature Corner

As a retired elementary school teacher with an interest in environmental issues, "Abigail Possum" uses native plants in her yard to help native animals.  She enjoys feeding the birds and squirrels and has many visits from many wild animals and hawks thanks to the proximity of farm fields just across her street.

Why "Abigail Possum?"  People often mistreat possums because they are viewed as ugly.  However, possums tend to be rather peaceful, beneficial and are the only marsupials that are native to North America.  So in order to give possums a better image while educating people about nature, she decided to create these writings by "Abigail Possum."  Included in the writings you will often find something inspirational like a Bible verse, poetry, or a book quotation.

You can find these writings by "Abigail Possum" below or in each edition of our monthly newsletter.  Enjoy!

Abilgail Possum

Turkey Vultures

I’ve written about Turkey Vultures previously, but this poem by Charles Weld of Moravia, NY gives us a different perspective.  We must treasure God’s wonderful clean up crew.

If someone gets up with the birds, they do not get up with the turkey vultures who sleep late — at least until the ground fog lifts – and then wait like junks for the sun to warm the air and get it moving. In our neighborhood, they squat all night in the high limbs of a sycamore, and quit these roosts awkwardly come morning, stepping out into the air with one or two flaps, each oversized wing working hard to prevent disaster. I read that silence should not have to apologize to singing or talk in a book on meditation, and, during a three-day walk alone through the mountains last month, I met no one so was quiet as a vulture. Mostly mute, they don’t mince sounds, hissing or grunting only when supper’s begun.  A kettle settles, and for each bird that word is mum.

Hope you all enjoyed the poem. God bless you always!
Abigail Possum

P.S. Remember each day is a gift!

YOUR GIFT by Mary Timberlake, Princeton NJ
Each day I wake to is a gift:
Wrapped in the exquisite paper of memory,
Tied in the satin ribbon of love,
Signed in your unmistakable hand.

Houseplants

January usually brings many cold and snowy days. I’m hunkering down for January.  Karen is writing this month, Houseplants aren’t of interest to me.

Why not bring summer into the house with plants. Choose plants that are easy to grow if you haven’t tried houseplants before.

Use caution if you have small children and/or pets in your home. Many houseplants are poisonous. Visit ASPCA.org for information about plants that are poisonous to dogs, cats and probably small children.

Tips for healthy plants:

  1. Consider the amount of light available. Many indoor plants are low light tolerant.
  2. Pick the appropriate container. Shallow rooted plants need smaller containers. Containers need drainage holes and a saucer or tray underneath to prevent messes.
  3. Don’t over water. Many plants can be over watered. Read directions that accompany the plant or ask a florist.
  4. Fertilize as needed.

P.S. Some plants can become huge. My Fiddleleaf Fig is almost 4’ tall after just a year.

God’s Bless! I’ll be writing again next month

Abigail Possum

Think Spring! Force some spring bulbs to blossom – miniature daffodils, paper whites, hyacinths and tulips. They will brighten your spirit and home.


 

Poinsettias

Christmas is the time to enjoy poinsettia plants. Poinsettias are native to Central America and were cultivated by the Aztec. The people of Southern Mexico living in Taxco Alaracon extracted a purple dye from the bracts. The dye was used to color textiles and in cosmetics. The sap was used to control fevers.

Poinsettias are also known as Flowers of the Holy Night. The shape of the flower and leaves are thought of as a symbol for the Star of Bethlehem. The red blooms symbolize the blood of Christ.

The Mexican legend tells of a poor girl who could only find weeds as a gift to Jesus. The “Weeds” became beautiful red poinsettias.

Poinsettias were first introduced to the USA in 1828 by Ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Poinsett. He dabbled in botany and sent cuttings to his South Carolina home. By the 20th Century, poinsettias became a major Christmas symbol.

Poinsettias are one of the most important floriculture crops in the USA. Botanists’ work transformed the wild tree poinsettia into a small house plant in white, pink and red colors.

Wishing you abundant JOY and PEACE in this Holy season.

 God’s Bless You,  Abigail Possum